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What We Don't Talk about When We Talk about Jobs

What We Don't Talk about When We Talk about Jobs By Andy Kroll Wt W ah e Dno’t t alk about When We t alk about Jbso The Continuing Scandal of African-American Joblessness Like the country it governs, Washington is a city of extremes. In a car, you can zip in bare moments from northwest District of Columbia, its streets lined with million-dollar homes and palatial embassies, its inhabitants sporting one of the nation’s lowest jobless rates, to Anacostia, a mostly forgot -ten neighbor hood in southeastern D.C. with one of the highest unemployment rates any- where in America. Or, if you happen to be Those protesters, most of them black, jobless, upset about it, and living in that chanted and hoisted signs that read “D.C. JOBS neighborhood, on a crisp morning last March FOR D.C. RESIDENTS” and “JOBS OR ELSE.” you could have joined an angry band of pro-The target of their outrage: contractors hired to testers marching on the nearby 11th Street replace the very bridge under their feet, a $300 Bridge. million project that will be one of the largest in District histor Th y. e problem: few D.C. citizens, They weren’t looking for trouble. They were which means few African-Americans, had so far looking for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

What We Don't Talk about When We Talk about Jobs

New Labor Forum , Volume 21 (1): 7 – Feb 1, 2012

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SAGE
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© 2012 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
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1095-7960
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1557-2978
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10.4179/NLF.211.0000008
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By Andy Kroll Wt W ah e Dno’t t alk about When We t alk about Jbso The Continuing Scandal of African-American Joblessness Like the country it governs, Washington is a city of extremes. In a car, you can zip in bare moments from northwest District of Columbia, its streets lined with million-dollar homes and palatial embassies, its inhabitants sporting one of the nation’s lowest jobless rates, to Anacostia, a mostly forgot -ten neighbor hood in southeastern D.C. with one of the highest unemployment rates any- where in America. Or, if you happen to be Those protesters, most of them black, jobless, upset about it, and living in that chanted and hoisted signs that read “D.C. JOBS neighborhood, on a crisp morning last March FOR D.C. RESIDENTS” and “JOBS OR ELSE.” you could have joined an angry band of pro-The target of their outrage: contractors hired to testers marching on the nearby 11th Street replace the very bridge under their feet, a $300 Bridge. million project that will be one of the largest in District histor Th y. e problem: few D.C. citizens, They weren’t looking for trouble. They were which means few African-Americans, had so far looking for

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Published: Feb 1, 2012

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